Until drink and drugs froze the hockey mask into a manner and Lou Reed himself cleaned up, John Cale spent the seventies jumping from peak to peak. His was the most fruitful kind of cult career: record company exec, producer on the make for hungry acts, both of which funded increasingly reckless albums. Amanda Petrusich’s fine New Yorker retrospective is worth your time.

1. Fear is a Man’s Best Friend
2. Dying on the Vine
3. Barracuda
4. Hanky Panky Nohow
5. Ship of Fools
6. Andalucia
7. Gun
8. Cordoba
9. Cable Hogue
10. Paris 1919
11. Ghosts
12. Heartbreak Hotel
13. Mr. Wilson
14. Leaving It Up to You
15. Guts
16. A Dream (w/Lou Reed)
17. Child’s Christmas in Wales
18. Style It Takes
19. Graham Greene
20. Thoughtless Kind